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12/23/08

Christmas breakfast


When we were children, my parents had a mean tradition of making us eat breakfast on Christmas morning before we opened gifts. We were allowed our stocking and the one, unwrapped Santa gift before breakfast, but we had to wait until after we had eaten (or pretended to) for the rest. We also weren't allowed to leave our bedrooms in the morning until we were called.

I like the breakfast tradition, and we have carried it on. It was hard to wait, but I'm sure it was good for us. And as excited as we were, we usually managed to do at least partial justice to my mom's homemade cinnamon rolls.

This year, our Christmas breakfast menu has something for everyone in the family: scrambled eggs and sausage for Red Chief, pecan-caramel cinnamon rolls for me (made with this dough), and fresh-squeezed orange juice for Mr. Mordecai.

11 comments:

  1. I think you've got it right. When I was a kid it was every sibling for himself and all the presents, wrapping, Santa Claus brought items, was all over with in about 15 minutes. It used to depress the heck out of me when my kids did the same thing growing up. With your tradition you can make it last a little longer and have better memories of it. Kudos!

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  2. Yum! I'll be over. We most often didn't have to eat before gifts, although I think a few times we did.

    My family typically doesn't eat breakfast right away in the morning. Add to that, there aren't that many presents under our tree. So we'll probably open them, and then sit down to a good breakfast... What that is yet, I don't know.

    Merry Christmas!

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  3. What a great tradition! Our kids are weird...we've always had to WAKE them up for Christmas. We usually open gifts around 9. Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas this year!

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  4. Tag! You're it for the "5 things game".

    Happy upcoming anniversary, btw

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  5. Mine always had to wait until after church. Dad usually played santa & handed out the gifts one at a time so everyone got to see all the gifts & appreciate them. It made everything last that bit longer & toned down the excitement. Besides good manners are as important at Christmas as at any other time of the year.

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  6. i don't think my family could make it through breakfast! haha.

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  7. Good tradition, but Santa doesn't wrap at our house. And I think we're just as excited about it all as the kids are LOL, so we do presents first. But it sure would be nice if we had the patience to sit together and eat breakfast before ripping through the presents :)

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  8. I love the fact that everybody has such different neat traditions. That's the neat thing about Christmas and the ability to enjoy what others do. It's so interesting.

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  9. This is the tradition I grew up with, too. I have carried it on with my children; stockings and THE unwrapped Santa gift. This year as I sat down to breakfast with my kids (25, 22, and 19) I, again, realized how wonderful a tradition it is: it was 10:30 am and we all knew we had a relaxed, happy day ahead of us. The food was extra special I smiled as I heard those "kids" remembering Christmas's past and the 'painful' tradition of Christmas Breakfast. My suspicion is that when they have their own families, stretching the pleasures of Christmas day will be part of what they build into those future holidays.

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  10. God's Gifts put man best dream to shame.

    you is nice post.thanks for this nice Comment!

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  11. Mmmm, I'm hungry! That's a nice tradition:)

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